Good Morning everyone, Its Sunday!!! Rest day, sort of for me. As I have gotten up and finished up laundry other than putting away the clothes. I started on dinner and have it in the crock pot. I feel much better today than I did yesterday. Its been a long few weeks in my world. Glad to be home and sleeping in my own bed. YAY!!! YIPPY!!
Todays dinner is Candi’s Chili. You may hate it, however, it think its the best. BUt I Can say, if you don’t try it out, you will not know if you like it or not. So we start off with soaking pinto beans at least three times in water. Drain and freshen the water each time folks. This helps to reduce the side effect called the vapors when you eat it. Now that is a one day and a half issue but worth the trouble I can assure you of that. I added the spices I wanted; creole, chili, cayenne, cumin, paprika and black pepper. Now, we have veggies, I use bell peppers, yellow and green for a color. Chopped up with garlic and onions. A portion of the onions is placed with some hamburger about a pound of the hamburger. Some bacon about three slices is chopped up and sauteed with the peppers and onion. The garlic was added to the meat. So the meat is cooked drained and onions added with some creole, chili, cayenne, cumin, paprika and black pepper. A couple drops of liquid smoke and some teriyaki sauce. This was heated through and the spices allowed to mix into the meat and onions. This was then placed into the crock pot. The pepper mix was split and part sauteed with about three slices of bacon. The rest of chopped and added to the crock pot. I did saute a habanero pepper, as well as chopped one to be fresh into the pot. IF you do use a pepper of the spicy variety, be sure that when you saute them open a window and turn on the vent fan. It will clear up your sinuses. Then when you have them sauteed and the bacon has browned, you add that to the crock pot. By now you should have had the crock pot on the low setting I hope. That can you can do while you are preparing the beef and veggies. The last thing I add is the tomatoes. I cut some grape tomatoes in half and another set of them in smaller pieces. Then you add them to the mix, stir and and cover with the lid. The smells will be filling the house with a wonderful aroma of chili from the soul and the heart. I have made this many a times through the years and I love it. It is a great thing to warm you from the inside during the cold winter months. It is one of my comfort foods. Lastly, You notice there is no specific amounts of the spices or much of anything for that matter. My cooking is weird, no recipes used. I go by taste and smell. I use what I want how I want and will adjust at another time when I make it again. Nothing is made the same every single time. There will always be something different in my cooking. Now the baking side of things, I use and follow a recipe. If you don’t, the crust will be crap, the bread not rise or something. Everything else is a what I hear as a crap shoot. But I will say, I never hear or get any complaints from those who have eaten anything i have cooked up from my kitchen.
Yesterday, I did something I have not done in a while. Homemade Salsa my other lovely thing that I make usually this time of year. Since I was revamping my from the hip recipe, I didn’t make as much as I usually do. The flavor was still there, the color was off for some reason. Which I know why. It is about 6 serrano peppers, three habaneros, one full each of green and yellow bell pepper and a whole beef steak tomato. There is a portion of that which is sauteed in olive oil, then all the chopped and a smaller portion of pureed mixes are added to a pot and heated to boiling with a few tablespoons of vinegar. Then it is boiled on a low boil for about five minutes, then allowed to cool. I put my stuff for me in a repurposed pickle jar. I put it in the fridge then enjoy later. I will say it usually pretty hot in the spice department. The initial flavor is sweet and savory, kinda smoky flavored. The heat usually hits when you are dipping your chip for the next bite after you have swallowed the the first. I do like my salsa or hot sauce to be colorful and chunky. The Colorful part is because of the Japanese Influence I have in my studies. I have learned that sushi is a good food that uses the idea of color to make a really appealing dish. I have moved that to my salsa. I hate the idea that salsa is always red and sometimes green. I like them both, but why can we not have a multicolored beautiful salsa that is spicy with varying levels of heat like the traditional types of salsa in the red or green variety? IN the past I used to give this to family and they loved the flavor. They however could not handle the spice. So I was working on trying to reduce the heat of my salsa and still maintain the color presentation. I will find out later maybe how good it is or isn’t.
Next and lastly in todays post and hopefully the last time I have to bring this up. We are a couple days away from the election in the USA. I have been inundated with texts and phone calls wanting money for campaigns. I am sick of them. What I did not mention in this part of my post last week is, I want to know what the hell you as a politician will do for me, NOT what your opponent will not do for us or will do against us, the people of the USA… I can say I am fearful of the outcome of the election. Neither candidate is worthy of the position in my opinion. These lying bastardos are just that, they have lost connection to us the people, the roots that they came from. What I fear is the damage that could and probably will be done between the election day results and the inauguration day if one or the other is elected. I am tired of waiting on help or assistance from the government due this pandemic. That assistance is being held over our heads or in front of us like a carrot to a horse. The weapon of assistance and vaccine used as a tool or weapon in the political arena to gain votes. I can say that at least one of the candidates has a plan and has stated it. The other one keeps skirting the questions. One is an outright school yard bully the other is fighting the bully and probably is a bully himself from another direction that is even scarier than the ghosts of halloween. So we have a lot of things to decide. One of those is who will be president. The rest of it is how do we progress into our semblance of normalcy, where do we go for fun, where do find our next love, where our food is coming from and what do we need to do protect ourselves in the midst of a pandemic that is seemingly not going to let loose of the human race. We know several things if you are like me and live an older way of life. That is you take care of yourself. You do what you need to do for you and you have to expect nothing from anyone else. Do Not Ever expect anyone else to take care of you in anyway shape or form. Things in life happen, we have to be prepared. We have to know that we have the means to do what we need to ensure that we are taking care of ourselves. Not going to the government everytime we pass gas asking for a help. I can put it this way, something I saw in a cartoon once. The old lady cartoon that resembles my grandmother that I obviously cannot recall the name of. The reality of it all goes like this, The government giving out to people is akin to having a bird feeder. You put the food out and see the beautiful colors of the birds taking the food that doesn’t need go find for themselves. As more and more come and take more and more food, you spend more and more money to take care of that set of increasing birds who want more and more for nothing. Then you realize that below the bird feeder and among the area of the yard and porch you find bird poop, feathers and a foul stench. SO you have to clean up the mess. That mess cleaned up you leave the feeder out, being a nice girl, you want to protect the seemingly helpless creatures. What has happened is that the seemingly helpless birds are now truly helpless when they weren’t helpless at all. They lost the ability to be foragers and find what is needed for their own survival. The government has done that to us Americans. Many people think that the government should give us the endless help. Maybe they should give us some assistance in this troubling time. But what the government has done is create a stinky foul mess of bird poop and feathers. Many people have forgotten how to work, how to get through a work day and do what is needed for their own survival much like the birds. I am not against helping a person who is down on their luck, so long as they are trying to get better and progress. What I am not going to do is keep giving out because they continue to ask for more and more like those birds. That asking becomes expectation, that is when the mess happens. We are all needing to be afforded opportunities to progress and gain for ourselves. But that has to come at the cost of working hard and doing a good job. Be sure that any help you get is appreciated and returned at your earliest ability to so. It doesn’t have to be to the person who helped you. THis all ties into the election, expecting that one of the candidates is there for you is a total lie to yourself. You have to take care of you. A friend of mine said she voted for anyone she did not know. IF the balot person to be voted for was a familiar name, she did not vote for that person. Which is good, it helps the upper classes of government know that we are done with them and their lies and raises to themselves. You politicians need to get back into reality of the real world that is not the stock market and your fancy clothes and mansions. Time to get down and dirty with the working folks and see what is really happening to us and with us. Those of us women who think they care about us HAHA, We are women, yes our vote counts, but we are the lower sex and we are not given the justice and respect we deserve. We are givers of life, and caretakers we too should be heard.
OKEE DOKEE folks, I have rambled way longer than I expected to. I have laundry to put away and a radio to get go play on. I am smelling the wonderful smells of the chili in the pot. A warming smell at that WOO HOO!!! I do hope you all have a great day, go vote, go make your voice heard no matter who it is you choose. Have a great day everyone!!!